I’m a born and bred Brissie girl, so nothing warms the cockles of my heart more than to see free community events and the spirit of Christmas combined and available in my home city. And guess what?! A sparkling program of free events to bring festive cheer to Brisbane this Christmas was recently announced by Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk! The city’s annual Christmas program, Christmas in Brisbane, provides free activities and entertainment for residents and will be staged across the CBD, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. This year’s program will build on the success of Christmas 2016, which attracted almost 700,000 visitors!
Councillor Quirk advised that “The Christmas Tree has undergone an innovative makeover this year following a Brisbane Innovate challenge in May to design a new clean, green and sustainable energy source. The new solar technology will power 8000 LED lights with a new LED star and even a new in-built soundtrack, all designed and built by Queensland-based business LitePix.”
He announced that Rhonda Burchmore and Australia’s Eurovision entrant Isaiah, alongside locals Katie Noonan and ABC KIDS band Lah-Lah will star at this year’s Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the Riverstage, and there will also be a pre-show dance spectacular featuring hundreds of young dancers and singers from performing arts schools all over Brisbane.
“Additionally, we are thrilled to have a new local story to light up City Hall in the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights,” Cr Quirk said. “This new animation will be a narrated story about a young boy who must save Christmas by finding the lost star for the top of the tree, penned by local writer Yvonne Mes.”
Other great events announced include a special program of Christmas Movies in the Park in Roma Street Parkland; as well as the return of the magical Enchanted Garden light installation in the Spectacle Garden, and South Bank will be staging a fun-filled Christmas Village complete with gift markets in the Arbour, a chance to visit Santa, dive-in Christmas movies on Streets Beach and nightly carol singalongs at River Quay.
But wait there is more and it’s all listed below for you!
How fabulous are these events? And they are all FREE with no bookings required!! I’d love to be at the lighting of the Christmas tree, see the Christmas Parade, and experience the Christmas Carols at the Riverstage. Of course, I also must see The Enchanted Garden and the Fireworks Spectacular! Oh dear, I think I want to go to it all!
Will you be going along to any of these events? Tell me which ones most appeal to you! If you live far from Brisbane, I’d love to hear what Christmas activities take place in your town or city!
Ciao for now,
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